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Starting Something New

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Introducing Sermon Bank

Pastors can now browse and select from a library of superb sermons for use in the local church.  These sermons are offered as a gift to their fellow colleagues needing pulpit supply to allow for respite time.   To get started, contact Jodi Fuller jfuller@michiganumc.org to receive a password to view sermons in the bank. 

SEE ALL THE SERMONS AVAILABLE FOR USE CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Events

 

Join us for Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences For Online and In-Person Audiences

May 10  1:00-3:30pm OR May 18  6:30-9:00pm

With one-hour follow-up discussion times on:

June 10,  10:00-11:00am AND  July 7, 7:00-8:00pm

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This 2.5 hour workshop will delve into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought. 

It will explore:

  • Re-imagining worship for both/and
  • How to create interactive both/and experiences
  • Bringing at home and in-person audiences together in real time
  • Alternative opportunities for online audiences watching in-person livestreams
  • Repurposing in-person worship for online audiences
  • Strategies for adapting practices for both/and
  • Avoiding letting your groove becoming a rut
  • And more

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Known for his pioneering work in collaborative worship design and guest readiness, Jason Moore has devoted the last two plus decades to resources development, training, and coaching & consulting that works for local churches of all sizes, styles and means. 

The author of 10 books, Jason has designed worship alongside such leaders as Adam Hamilton, Michael Slaughter, Tony Campolo, Brian McClaren and Leonard Sweet. He has also lead hundreds of seminars and keynote addresses across North America - teaching in 47 states in the USA.

Jason began his ministry in the late 90s at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio and later went on to co-found Midnight Oil Productions. In addition to Midnight Oil, Jason has worked with numerous denominations as a creativity consultant, media producer and trainer.

In the secular world, Jason has collaborated with several Hollywood producers in film and television, and has produced numerous book trailers for New York Times best selling authors such as Ariana Huffington, Seth Godin, Robert Greene, Ryan Holiday and Mark Ecko. 

His latest book From Franchise to Local Dive: Multiplying Your Church By Discovering Your Contextual Flavor, a book on revitalizing and starting new worship experiences is available at www.franchise2dive.com

This no-cost training is brought to you by the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan. Register Here

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New Faith Communities/Vibrancy

All of healthy life is about growth and reproduction.  When churches intentionally grow they become healthier.  Consider how your local church might become more vibrant by adding a new small group, a new venue, worship or even a new campus. 

Look below to learn how to get started, or for those already started, check out the Upcoming Events, Toolbox, and Reach Network at left for excellent resources and services.

Starting a new small group

The easiest and fastest way to grow is with the start of new small groups.  Small groups are entry levels for people to get involved in the life of the church, build new relationships and grown in their faith.  They become stronger disciples and learn how to make new disciples.  

Starting a new venue

Worshiping in a new place is a great way to create new disciples. It may be a restaurant, pub, community building, or coffee house. New venues welcome people who would not normally come inside a church building and also reach secular people. 

Starting a new worship service

People like choices.  Times, days of the week and styles.  Most local churches are designed to meet the needs of just one group of people.  Adding a new service with new kinds of music, tempo, prayers, and even lighting, will welcome a whole new group to your church.  

Starting a new faith community

Your church may be feeling the call to reach out to new parts of your community.  Starting a new faith community is the easiest way to create new disciples, multiplies your values in a new setting and can even help smaller struggling churches grow again.